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    Help with ID'ing ginormous mid '80's Bianchi

    This is one of the biggest bikes I've come across. On a side note: for road bikes, does a large frame size diminish or help the value usually?

    Anyways, here it is. I am wondering if the fork is not stock. The RD is 105, the crank is 600.

    I am wondering mainly about the model and year.


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    The value of taller bikes is somewhat lower than nominal size like a 56 or 58 but in general since there are less of them it is not much lower.

    I think the frame is around a '84/85 Sport or maybe a Brava. Your bikes are different from ours so it is hard to tell for sure, I believe some Bianchis did come with chrome forks up there but not many lowerend did here usually just "socks"
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    Yea I was thinking a Brava... in the one decent catalog 1987 I did find on Velo-base, it says about the Brava:

    "This model introduces ~. Shimano's new 105 component group with indexed shifting and light action braking system."
    I would assume that was the first year 105 came out? Or do they just mean the indexed version?

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    A really large frame, such as the one depicted, is very hard to find a buyer for. And when you do find a buyer, there will likely be only one. The size of the bicycle, to me, renders it to be a very poor buy, if flipping in intended.

    As for the all chrome fork, no problem. I have owned several similar Bianchi bicycles, and some were fitted with an all chrome set...

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    +1 To Randy's comment. I have greatly discounted XL frame bikes, and even then, it has taken as much as a year to find a buyer. I have three XL bikes right now....
    On vintage racing bikes, small frame sizes sell for a premium, the smaller the frame, the larger the premium. "Regular" sizes sell fine. XL are hard to sell and sell at a sizable discount.

    These comments are on mid range or lower bikes, which a 105 Bianchi would be IMHO.

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    I had a XL Bridgestone. The only Bridgestone roadie I've ever had. We all know how easy it is to sell a Bridgestone, even an entry level bike. Well, this 25" framed bike finally flipped for me on CL at $60. I had only two hits on the ad. If that were a standard sized Bridgestone, it probably would have gone for more than double what I finall got.
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    I've never had any trouble selling tall frame bikes, maybe there's just a lot of tall people around here looking for bikes but they move fast for me.
    My name is Steve and I don't have a bent fork anymore :)

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